Dear Visitors,

As we enter the summer season, State Museum staff are busy preparing exhibitions and programs for visitors to enjoy.

This spring we opened a World War I exhibition, A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War, to mark the centennial of New York State’s contribution to “the war to end all wars”. It’s an impressive exhibition that features artifacts from the collections of the State Museum, State Library, State Archives, and other museums and institutions throughout the state. I encourage you to visit our interactive website for this exhibition that features a timeline of America’s involvement in World War I and detailed guides and lessons plans for educators to use in the classroom. The exhibition is open in South Hall through June 3, 2018.

This fall we’ll open Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal, an exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the start of construction on the Erie Canal, and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. Continue to visit our website for the latest information about these upcoming exhibitions.

In public programs news, this summer we’re launching “pop-up programs” for children to enjoy throughout the summer. Program topics include Women in Science, New York State Symbols, and Native Peoples of New York. In addition, programs related to the World War I exhibition will be offered throughout the summer, including tours of the exhibition and a concert by the 42nd Infantry Division Band. Visit our programs webpage for more information.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our “Research and Collections” webpage to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. 

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming

Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director